This issue marks two years of publishing Patron for arts enthusiasts. What
better way to enjoy our 2nd Anniversary Issue than to acknowledge milestones
at four area museums amplifying our cultural landscape in our features.
First, in “XChange Rate,” KERA host and NPR contributor Lee Cullum
recognizes the history of the Nasher Sculpture Center and delves into the
Nasher XChange, a dynamic public art exhibition honoring the 10th anniversary
of the Nasher. “Nasher XChange represents a first—certainly for the Nasher
Sculpture Center, perhaps for any museum. But the idea of mounting an
exhibition about the current state of public sculpture seemed a natural for
us, both because of our unique mission and because of the history of our
collection. Starting out, we wanted to survey the range of approaches artists
are taking to public sculpture. As the exhibition matured, it’s also become a
survey of the diverse geographies—physical, social, cultural, historical—that
constitute Dallas. And the response of the public in the various sites and
neighborhoods where works are being placed has been amazing,” Director
Jeremy Strick enthuses. Page 60.
Liu Yonggang’s Buddha, a three-dimensional “character” of red painted
steel, now stands at the Flora Street edifice of the Crow Collection of Asian
Art and opens our feature “Garden Variety.” The museum’s Executive
Director Amy Lewis Hofland imparts, “The Buddha represents the crossroads
of culture in China, blending language and form in a new work. It embodies
traditional foundations of civilization in China and also China as the future.”
Melded from several different types of script, Buddha serves as a welcoming
beacon to the new Sculpture Garden, marking the 15th Anniversary of this
outstanding museum. Page 68.
A changeling, with five names under its belt since 1978, Dallas
Contemporary settles into 35 years (and the sixth and hopefully final name)
within its most imposing and expansive space to date. Progressive ideas have
always been at the forefront of this art center committed to the ongoing
presentation of ambitious and rousing art. To celebrate DC’s 35th anniversary,
partygoers with stamina will be regaled with ALIVE FOR 35, a 35-hour
event beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 8, that includes an exhibition
of 35 artists and a lavish birthday party. In “Status Go,” the past and present
are discussed in this engaging non-collecting institution. Page 74.
Sixty-five yards west of Louis I. Kahn’s iconic vaulted Kimbell Art
Museum, the much-anticipated Renzo Piano Pavilion designed by Renzo
Piano will open in the final days of November. Standing 22 feet high, simple
modern elegance defines Piano’s colonnaded structure with overhanging
eaves—made up of glass, concrete, and wood—that is considerate in response
to Kahn’s museum. An animator of light, Piano channels the natural source
through the building in his hallmark style. Read more about this masterpiece,
surrounded by elms and red oaks, in “High Note.” Page 80.
Art collector Christen Wilson helms TWO x TWO For AIDS and Art
2013 with lofty goals in excess of $5 million for this year’s auction at The
Rachofsky House. A startling beauty, Christen plays naturally to Maxine
Helfman’s camera in “Model Acquistion.” Page 86.
Vastly different in their bodies of work yet kindred in their commitment
to arts education, Tom Holland and Marshall Harris both have October solo
shows at Samuel Lynne Galleries and Red Arrow Contemporary respectively.
Holland thrives in the spontaneity of his sculptural “paintings” and
“freestanding paintings,” while Harris researches and spends hours detailing
his subjects or objects prior to actual creation of his graphite works on Mylar.
In addition to thousands of works rendered by local artists to honor John
F. Kennedy, the Dallas Institute of Culture and Humanities readies a seminar
helmed by Jim Lehrer to discuss the impact of the tragedy five decades later.
Finally, “The Bold and The Beautiful” offers tempting jewelry selections
for winter festivities and any Anniversary Party.
Publisher / Editor in Chief
October / November 2013